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Principles and Practice of Translation

Be the best translator you can be.

This course aims to equip language graduates with a comprehensive range of practical and theoretical skills they will need to work as professional translators. To provide learners with a general overview of the principles and practice which govern the translation profession, both in terms of practical translation skills, and in terms of the critical evaluation of translations. Texts for translation reflect the typical range of texts encountered by a professional freelance translator and may include journalism, media/advertising, health/medical and general technical texts. This course aims to reinforce ethical and professional behavior relating to translation practice.

Upcoming course: 03 August - 30 September 2021

Registration Closes: 25 July 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic upcoming courses may run ONLINE.

Course Fee

The course costs R11 500.  


The course is part-time and runs for 8 weeks (40 hours)   


This course is presented as a stand-alone course.  Participants who successfully complete this course may apply to be credited for one honours module in Translation at Wits University.


Programme Overview

This postgraduate course in translation is aimed at learners who have extensive translation experience. This course focusses on technical, legal and academic translations. Learners are given feedback by language experts who are well-established translators.

This course is presented in a blended learning format with online support and face-to-face classes on the following days:
03, 04, 25 & 26 August 2020 and 08, 09, 29 & 30 September 2020. 

*Class times: 09:00 -15:30  


Participants who successfully complete this course may a pply to be credited for one honours module in Translation at Wits University.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • A 3-year degree in any field (approved by SAQA).
  • Fluent English.
  • Fluent in at least one other language.
  • Basic computer literacy. 
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Complete the WLS Application Form

Step 3: Submit certified hard-copies of the following documents:

          a. Senior certificate (or equivalent)
          b. South African ID document or passport and ID (non-South African)
          c. Marriage certificate (if the surname on the Senior certificate and ID do not match

Step 4: Send us the completed registration form and a certified copy of your ID to 

Step 5: Complete an English Language Assessment test with a result of level 3 or higher.

Step 6: Complete an online Interpreting aptitude test.

Step 7: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments.  

Career Opportunities

This course equips learners with the skills to function as high-level freelance translators in a variety of fields.